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8Ms. Lee-Cho is focused and determined when it comes to achieving her clients’ development goals. A wide variety of property owners and developers (both local and national) have entrusted her with securing necessary entitlements to develop their properties, including local map amendments, sketch and site plans, subdivision approvals, zoning text amendments, historic preservation, master plan recommendations, water/sewer category changes, special exceptions/conditional uses and variances. She regularly appears before administrative boards, commissions and elected officials, including the Montgomery County Council, the County Board of Appeals, the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the City Councils, boards and planning commissions of Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Ms. Lee-Cho’s experience includes the successful representation of clients from multiple sectors including multi-family, senior housing/assisted living, affordable housing developers, real estate investment trusts (REITS), retailers, commercial and industrial landowners, private educational institutions, day care facilities, hospitals and churches. Representative clients include Quadrangle Development Corporation, The NRP Group, JBG Rosenfeld Retail, Exeter Property Group, Montgomery College, The Bullis School, Medstar Montgomery Medical Center and Bank of America.

Ms. Lee-Cho’s career spans nearly 25 years in land development, beginning with a municipal law and land development firm in Los Angeles, California, where her land use practice focused on development impact review, California Environmental Quality Act compliance and entitlements procurement in connection with entertainment/sports and commercial development. She is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Arts, 1993) and The Loyola Law School (Juris Doctor, 1996).

  • Representative Experience
    • Mixed-Use Development/Wildwood Residential – Assisted the owner and developer, Alvin Aubinoe, Inc., to obtain the necessary approvals for the 3.49 acres of land on Old Georgetown Road. The pathway to approval began with navigating the County’s adoption of the 2017 Rock Spring Sector Plan to ensure that recommendations for the property would facilitate the client’s ultimate vision for its redevelopment and included negotiations with adjacent residential neighbors on building and site design.
    • Multi-Family Residential Development/The Avondale – Assisted client, 3 Sons Avalon, through the multiple stages of development for their property on Frederick Road in Clarksburg from rezoning to subdivision/platting. To initiate the development, Soo successfully navigated the project through the Local Map Amendment process obtaining unanimous approval by the County Council.  The site layout reflects a mix of traditional and neo-traditional street design to facilitate a pedestrian-friendly design with a central open space available for residents.
    • Private Schools / The Bullis School – Represented the Bullis School through the approval of their 2004 Campus Master Plan, an expansion of their property boundaries, and the addition of their almost 59,000 square foot state-of-the-art STEM education building known as Discovery Center. She has also assisted the school with modification of their preliminary plan to meet forest conservation requirements and allow for new parking and playfields on the campus
  • Professional Affiliations
    • Bar Association of Montgomery County
    • Maryland State Bar Association
    • City of Rockville Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Advisory Committee, Member, 2011
    • Rockville Science Center, Board of Trustees, 2009-present
  • Honors
    • Best Lawyers, 2022
    • Urban Land Institute – Washington Regional Land Use Leadership Institute, Inaugural Class, 2011-2012